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Poster: bigbossdan Date: Mar 16, 2007 11:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: best venue

What do you all consider your favorite venue of all time to see a show?

My first show was in 1985, so I never had the opportunity to see the Dead in a smaller setting. I got to plenty of East coast shows, but too many stadiums for my liking. I also didn't have the means or the freedom to get out to Alpine Valley/Deer Creek or any of those famed west coast venues, which I consider as my loss.

For me, best venue for the scene was Saratoga (SPAC). A quick trip from home and I love the lawn/ampitheater set up.

In my mind,the best venue for sound was the Knickerbocker Arena in Albany. Also great scene, and I lived in the city at the time, so it was extra special. But the sound inside was truly amazing.

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Poster: Edsel Date: Mar 16, 2007 5:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

Outdoors:
Starlight Theater, Kansas City, Mo. The entire area and the venue is a trippingly beautiful place.

Indoors:
Winterland, SF, Ca. Winterland is my all time favorite place for music.
Soldiers And Sailors Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas
small venue with personality.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 16, 2007 5:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

Outdoors: Alpine Valley, WI.

Indoors: Hampton Coliseum, VA.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Mar 16, 2007 4:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

I saw 99% of my shows on the East Coast, so:

Hampton- Cool locals, cool scene at the venue, beach only about 30 minutes away, and the band just seemed to really grove on playing there

Merriweather Post- Monster "Shakedown" in '85 was a keeper, but I hold this place dear more for the good times than standout shows

Roanoke Civic- Small venue for late-era Dead, nice mountain setting

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Poster: Miss Magic Date: Mar 17, 2007 7:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

The coolest, for me, was Highgate VT. The show SUCKED, but the people were cool. The 5 hr. traffic jam and all.

I only got to see them in arenas and stadiums, but the Oakland Colisum was a fun place, speakers in the hall to dance to and reasonable security people.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Mar 16, 2007 12:45pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

The Gorge doesn't suck.

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Poster: buscameby Date: Mar 16, 2007 2:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

RED ROCKS for the setting and how the Boys loved it! Although you always expected a little more but that was true most places.

Peekin at the Greek was a truely majical experince!

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Poster: smi2les Date: Mar 16, 2007 3:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

I also remember winterland and the small narrow staircase. Everyonce in awhile, you'd run across a couple of Gumbys, even Pocky contemplating their climb. Winterland was a shithole w/ mean ass security if you attempted any TTg or got lost in the hood. But it a had pool table and pletty of smi2les.

This post was modified by smi2les on 2007-03-16 22:36:58

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Poster: Supaslush Date: Mar 16, 2007 3:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

TTg?

Toe Touching? Trippy Twirling? Telephone Tough guy?

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Mar 16, 2007 4:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

hampton col. was always good to me and roanoke va in the montains.

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Poster: Driftin N Dreamin Date: Mar 16, 2007 4:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

Outdoors:

Red Rocks
Greek Theater
OKC Zoo Amphitheater

Indoors

Oakland Aud Arena (later renamed to Henry Kaiser Aud.)
Fox Theater, Atl
Uptown Theater Chicago
Marin County CC

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Poster: smi2les Date: Mar 16, 2007 4:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

knowing The post, all three would could cause problems, guess it depended on whether look was live or maxell'd.

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Poster: Scrim Date: Mar 16, 2007 2:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

Merriweather Post Pavilian was a cool place

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Poster: Supaslush Date: Mar 16, 2007 3:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

I saw Phil there. Wish I'd been old enough to see them back in '85. I haven't been off of the East coast for shows, but Merriwether's definitely my favorite from that side of the country.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Mar 16, 2007 11:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

For an indepth discussion of this very topic:

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=70787

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Poster: bigbossdan Date: Mar 16, 2007 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

I did go to the forum archive before posting this question, but was told it was unavailable. Good stuff.

By the way - it is a terrible shame what they have done to SPAC. Much of the lawn is gone, replaced by concessions buildings. There is a beer garden, which is a plus, but it has taken on a mall feeling which just hurts.

This post was modified by bigbossdan on 2007-03-16 19:30:26

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Mar 16, 2007 12:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

Now lookee here, SDH, you hang dog lackey of the evil empire, we don't care about the earlier thread because, since you started it, we know it is just propoganda from the corporate monkeys who would corrupt our children.

Fillmore East. The place was very special, not just because it was a spot where all the greats of the time passed through, but because Bill Graham turned it into a warm, enjoyable place. There were no bad seats. Also, the Academy of Music, the Fabulous Fox in Atlanta.

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Mar 16, 2007 1:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

I loved the SPAC especially the 1st show there in 83.

Obviously Red Rocks is right up there.

I always had a great time in Philly at The Spectrum, so much lot space with the Vet and JFK all together !!

Favorite Jerry venue - Avery Fischer Hall and Livingston College Gym.

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Poster: smi2les Date: Mar 16, 2007 11:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

Bezrekely Greek.

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Poster: hillsyf Date: Mar 16, 2007 1:46pm
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Best outdoor Frost Ampitheater on Stanford campus
Best indoor Fox Theater Atlanta GA

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 16, 2007 1:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

Golden Gate Park, SF. Depending on numbers, proximity, etc., sound could be good or terrible, but hard to beat the sense of place.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 16, 2007 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

Providence RI - not the best shows maybe - but a blast inside - plenty of dancin room - speakers in the carpeted halls (back then) - platforms in the uppper east and west pavilions for dancin - cool internal security (not outside though) - once you were in, it was a deadhead mecca. just a real cool scene in the place

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Poster: Sugaree83 Date: Mar 16, 2007 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: best venue

Greek was my favorite. Best overall environment. For me, there was simply nothing better than waking up on a morning of a Greek show (that I had a ticket to). Euphoria, even before additives.

SPAC was great, but that whole scene got so big, it became difficult. If I remember correctly, if you didn't have an indoor seat in those later years, you weren't getting too much Dead.

Kingswood Th up north was a nice surprise. Had no idea we were heading to an amusement park. Nice, cozy amphitheater once you got in. Secondary inspection at the border on the way back was not a nice surprise however.

Cumberland Civic up in Portland Me was nice. Very cozy, almost school gym like setting.